Tunis – Do you want to enjoy a beautiful tennis trip in the capital city of Tunisia?

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Nana Trophy

From 04/24 to 04/30

Prize money: $ 60,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Tournament location:  Tennis Club de Tunis –  20 Bis Avenue Alain Savary , Tunis , 1002, Tunisia

How to get: Tennis venue is located centrally in the heart of Tunis at 4,5 km from Medina. Tunis Intl Airport is far just 5,3 km from TC de Tunis that is about 10 minutes driving.

Previous winners: 2016 Ons Jabeur (Tun) – 2015 Maria Irigoyen (Arg) – 2014-2013 Ons Jabeur (Tun)

Will defending champion Ons Jabeur receive a wild card?

Entry list: Maryna Zanevska (Bel) – Silvia Soler Espinosa (Esp) – Anna Blinkova (Rus) – Alison Von Uytvanck (Bel) – Alexandra Dulgheru (Rou) – Richel Hogenkamp (Ned) – Petra Martic (Cro) – Cindy Burger (Ned) – Quirine Lemoine (Ned) – Amra Sadikovic (Sui)

THE TOWN: Tunis is both the capital and the largest city of Tunisia. The greater metropolitan area of Tunis, often referred to as Grand Tunis, has some 2,700,000 inhabitants. Situated on a large Mediterranean Sea gulf,  behind the Lake of Tunis, the city extends along the coastal plain and the hills that surround it. At its core lies its ancient Medina, a World Heritage Site. Beyond this district lie the suburbs of Carthage, La Marsa, and Sidi Bou Said.

Just through the Sea Gate begins the modern city, or Ville Nouvelle, traversed by the grand Avenue Habib Bourguiba (often referred to by popular press and travel guides as the Tunisian Champs-Élysées), where the colonial-era buildings provide a clear contrast to smaller, older structures. As the capital city of the country, Tunis is the focus of Tunisian political and administrative life; it is also the centre of the country’s commercial activity. The expansion of the Tunisian economy in recent decades is reflected in the booming development of the outer city where one can see clearly the social challenges brought about by rapid modernization in Tunisia.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Bardo Museum


  • Medina

  • Berber Village


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Carlton. Good *** hotel located in modern part of Tunis, so-called Ville Nouvelle which provides room service and free Wi-Fi. The rooms (some with balcony) have satellite TV, private bathrooms and beds with orthopedic mattresses. The nightly rate is 65€ with breakfast included.
  • Royal Victoria. Wonderful **** hotel located a few steps from Porte De France and rated 8.8 on Booking.  Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. A superior room costs 85€ per night in b&b.
  • The Penthouse Suites Hotel. Excellent ***** hotel rated 8.9 on Booking which features an outdoor pool, skating rink and a restaurant. The property featufree parking and Wifi. An enormous 218 mq2 suite costs 190€ per night with breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Tourism Tunisia Official 

Your Hotel in Tunis


Enjoy!!!

Croissy Beaubourg – A little city close to Paris will host a main Itf womens event 

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Engie Open de Siene et Marne 

From 03/27 to 04/02

Prize money: $ 60,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament location: Ligue de Seine et Marne de Tennis –  11, rue des Vieilles Vignes, CROISSY-BEAUBOURG, 77183, France

How to get: Aerodrome de Lognes is far just 2,4 km and 3 minutes driving from tennis club.

Past champions: 2016 Ivana Jorovic – 2015 – Margarita Gasparyan 2014 Claire Feuerstein – 2013 Anne Keothavong

Entry list: Oceane Dodin (Fra) – Pauline Parmentier (Fra) – Vitalia Diatchenko (Rus) – Su Wei Hsieh (Tpe) – Ekaterina Alexandrova (Rus) – Kateryna Kozlova (Ukr) – Stefanie Voegele (Sui) – Maryna Zanevska (Bel) – Anett Kontaveit (Est) – Anna Blinkova (Rus)

Oceane Dodin Nr.1 of the seeding

THE TOWN: Croissy-Beaubourg is a French commune located in the Seine-et-Marne département, in the Île-de-France région. At the census of 1999, the town had a population of 2,236. 

The Indipendent writes about Île-de-France région: “London may have the Home Counties, but the French capital is wrapped in something rather more exotic: the Ile-de-France, an ancient term that is now defined as the eight départements that make up the Paris region. The one in the middle is the capital itself – the Paris département that has 75 as its code – which is where most of the 45 million annual visitors to the Ile-de-France spend their time. But subtract Paris from the equation and the remaining seven districts, which together occupy an area the size of Yorkshire, have plenty to offer. 

They divide naturally into the Petite Couronne (the small, inner ring), comprising Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne; and the Grande Couronne (the large, outer ring), made up of the Essonne, Seine-et-Marne, Val-d’Oise and Yvelines départments. For the average visitor, these titles will mean little – but the names of the highlights resonate: Fontainebleau and Versailles, both fine towns with a château attached; the handsome cities of Provins and Meaux, astride the Voulzie and Marne respectively; and, the main destination for UK travellers, Disneyland Paris. After a rocky start, Mickey Mouse’s pied à terre east of the capital has become a success – compressing the best of Disney into a relatively small and accessible site.

Yet there is plenty more of interest. For example, L’Isle Adam is a tranquil, historic town astride the Oise and surrounded by ancient forests. It feels as though it is deep in la France profonde rather than just 25km north-west the centre of Paris, easily accessible by train or car. This is the heart of the French horse-racing world, with the Ecole Française d’Equitation nearby.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN THE SURROUNDINGS:

  • Paris (at 23 km)


  • Eurodisney (at 10 km)


  • Château de Champs-sur-Marne (at 5 km)


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Premiere Classe Marne la Vallée. Located 2 stops from Disneyland Paris and 20 minutes from Paris by RER train, this cozy ** hotel offers free private parking and Wi-Fi access and a garden with a playground. A 12 mq2 twin room costs from 49€ to 57€ (with breakfast and free cancellation included).
  • Kyriad Marne-La-Vallée Torcy. Very good *** hotel at Torcy, 900 mt from tennis courts and 15 minutes from Eurodisney. The hotel offers an on site restaurant, free parking and WiFi. Price for a 17 mq2 double room starts from 59€ per night.
  • Novotel Marne La Vallée Collégien. This excellent **** hotel is just 17 km from Disneyland Resort® Paris and only 30 km from Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport. It  features a fitness centre, a delicious French restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool. A standard queen room with sofa bed costs from 112€ per night with WiFi and parking included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Croissy Beaubourg Official

Disneyland Paris Website

Accommodations in Seine et Marne


Enjoy!!!

Shenzhen – A 60K USD Itf tournament in the Chinese “Cupertino”

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN $ 60,000 Shenzhen 

Date: From 03/13 to 03/19

Money prize: $ 60,000

Surface: Hard outdoor

Tournament Location: Shenzhen International Tennis Center – Ti Yu Yi Road, Pingshan New District, Shenzhen, GD Province, China, P.R.

General information: Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center is far about 48 km from International Airport. To get from there take bus Airport line 10 to Hourui metro station, take metro Luobao line to Laojie station, transfer to Longgang line and take off at Universiade station, then change to bus number M294 to final stop on Velodrome Road.

Top 10 Players: Saisai Zheng (Chn) – Denisa Allertova (Cze) – Su Wei Hsieh (Tpe) – Ekaterina Alexandrova (Rus) – Lin Zhu (Chn) – Kei Chen Chang (Tpe) – Marina Zanevska (Bel) – Nina Stojanovic (Srb) – Aleksandra Krunic (Srb) – Fangzou Liu (Chn)

Denisa Allertova will try to defeat the Chinese armada

THE TOWN: Shenzhen is a major city and a major financial center in Guangdong Province, China. It is home to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange as well as the headquarters of numerous high-tech companies. It also has one of the busiest container ports in the world. Shenzhen’s modern cityscape is the result of its vibrant economy made possible by rapid foreign investment since the institution of the policy of “reform and opening” establishment of the SEZ in late 1979. The town is famous all over the world for the high number of theme parks. Lonely Planet write about this town: “One of China’s wealthiest cities and a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), Shēnzhèn (深圳) draws a mix of business people, investors and migrant workers to its golden gates. It’s a popular, easy day trip from Hong Kong, surprising most visitors who just expect a peek at a very serious mainland China, but find a thriving club and indie-music nightlife, or squads of housewives breaking out dance moves in public squares into the evening. The myriad theme parks, which include fun miniature landmarks, also amuse, as do the quirky specialty markets where you can grab a bargain house decoration or dozen. Shēnzhèn is also a useful transport hub for other parts of China.”

TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN SHENZHEN:

  • Splendid China Park


  • Wutong Mountain


  • Window of the World


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hyatt Place Shenzhen Dongmen. Fantastic **** hotel just five minutes walking from Dongmen pedestrian area. Rated 8.6 on Booking, offers double king rooms from 92$ per night with breakfast included. Great value for money.
  • The Langham Shenzhen. Luxurious ***** hotel located in Futian this hotel combines pefectly modern and traditional styles. Rated 9.2 on Booking, offers enormous deluxe double rooms at 132$ per night without breakfast but with free wifi and parking included.
  • Futian Shangri-La Shenzhen. This ***** hotel located in the heart of Futian commercial zone is the best solution for tennis fans because is the official accomodation of tournament with great possibility to meet your favourite players. A deluxe double room of 48 mq2 with living room costs from 129$ to 144$ per night with free parking and wifi in rooms.
The breathtaking view from Futian Shangai-La hotel


USEFUL LINKS:

Shenzhen on Travel China Guide 

Visit Shenzhen on DiscoverChina

Hotels in Shenzhen 
Enjoy this new Chinese Tennis Trip!!!!

Zhuhai – A first class Itf event will grow in the “garden city”

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Zhuhai Open

Date: From 03/06 to 03/12

Money prize: $ 60,000

Surface: Hard outdoor

Tournament Location: Zhuhai·Hengqin International tennis centre – Hengqin avenue, Hengqin New District, Zhuhai , Guangdong, China, P.R.

Main players: Saisai Zheng (Chn) – Denisa Allertova (Cze) – Su Wei Hsieh (Tpe) – Ekaterina Alexandrova (Rus) – Lin Zhu (Chn) – Kei Chen Chang (Tpe) – Marina Zanevska (Bel) – Nina Stojanovic (Srb) – Aleksandra Krunic (Srb) – Fangzou Liu (Chn)

Tournament Nr.1 Saisai Zheng

THE TOWN: Zhuhai is a southern city of the province of Gungadong, which has been declared by Onu “The Best Model of International Residential Environment” for the constant improvement in the design of urban and residential spaces. This town has an international airport but is easy accessibile from Hong Kong by ferry (30 minutes) and Macao by Lotus Bridge, inaugurated in 1999, which represents an important infrastructure for economic exchanges between the two cities.

Lonely Planet writes about it: “Zhūhǎi (珠海) is close enough to Macau for a day trip without any maniacal driving. Never too hot or too frosty, Zhūhǎi is the just-right popular Chinese getaway – especially in summer – with plenty of seaside glitz. Yet it remains laid-back, and what helps it really shine is the natural beauty of its gardens and an attractive, relatively clean port.”

TOP THREE THINGS TO SEE IN ZHUHAI:

  • Jintai Temple


  • Fisher Girl Statue


  • Yelidao


SUGGESTED EXCURSIONS:

  • Macau is far just 12 km and you Can go by taxi. Please consider that there are long customs queue which could take from 30 minutes until 2 hours.
Macau’s casino lights
  • Hong Kong is easy accessible by ferries. The whole voyage takes 50-70 minutes.
The incredible skyline of Hong Kong

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Starway Bihai Hotel. Budget *** hotel centrally located in the business district. Rated 7.5 on Booking. Prices from 25$ without breakfast for a 20mq double room. Free wifi, parking and cancellation.
  • Richmond Hotel. Beautiful **** business hotel just 10 minutes drive from Yuan Ming Palace. Rated 7.8 on Booking. Include a fitness center and a tennis court. Deluxe room from 69$ per night with breakfast included and free wifi.
  • Sheraton Zhuhai Hotel. Wonderful ***** hotel overlooking Macau’s Cotai Strip. Rated 8.5 on Booking it includes 3 restaurants, a gym, outdoor pool with bar, tennis courts and features free wifi everywhere and a fee parking area. Prices from 137$ to 174$ for an amazing ocean view deluxe room with breakfast included.
The terrific hall of the Sheraton Zhuhai Hotel

USEFUL LINKS:

Zhuhai on China travelguide

Zhuhai on China highlights

Accomodations


Enjoy this fantastic corner of China!!!